A Tooth with Large Cavities Can Be Restored with a Crown

A large cavity that goes unrepaired by Dr. Amy Gearin can spread, causing significant decay throughout a large amount of the enamel layer. If the damage to the enamel is extensive, your dentist might recommend having it restored by a dental crown before the decay can spread to the dentin, pulp or root of the tooth.

A dental crown in Las Vegas, Nevada, effectively replaces the entire enamel layer of the tooth with gold, porcelain or base metals. The ideal material for the crown will be based on the tooth’s function and place in your smile.

To begin treatment, your dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic before using the drill to remove most of the enamel layer. This creates an abutment, which will later serve as an anchor for your permanent crown.

Then, he will create an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth before covering the abutment with a hard, plastic temporary crown. The impression will then be sent to a professional dental lab to serve as a guide for the lab technicians who will custom craft your permanent crown.

Our dental team will call you in for a brief second appointment when your new crown is ready. During this appointment, the temporary crown will be removed and your new permanent crown will be cemented in place.

If you have a badly decayed or troublesome tooth, you should call Dr. Amy Gearin at 702-367-4040 to explore your treatment and restoration options.